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    The Top 5 Musical Eco-Fails

    ? The bad news about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is that BP's magic undersea dome didn't work, and the slick is now the size of Connecticut. And unless the latest half-assed stopgap measure (a "junk shot" of debris fired down the well in an attem...

    @ Rocks Off by Pete Vonder Haar on May 11, 2010 @ 1:15 pm
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    Solange Serenades Tykes On Yo Gabba Gabba!

    Joe Mathlete's Marmaduke Explained series was mentioned mentioned on The Onion's AV Club, in a story about shitty summer movies. You know what today is? It's the day Indian Jewelry's new album, Totaled, comes out. The band will be playing...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on May 11, 2010 @ 12:10 pm
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    Should Houston Increase Its SXSW Footprint?

    ? What can the City of Houston do to promote H-town as a musical, cultural and artsy-fartsy tourist destination to the thousands of people who attend SXSW in Austin each year? That's the question posed by Jim Moran, a multi-decade veteran of the...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on May 11, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Smoot On Shamed Texans LB Brian Cushing

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always want...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 11, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Upcoming: Asia, Hawthorne Heights, Natalie Merchant, Silversun Pickups, Etc.

    ? Ana Egge, Michael Kingcaid, Frank Smith: Wed., May 26. Rudyard's. Asia: Sat., Aug. 21. House of Blues. Asleep At The Wheel: Sat., June 26. House of Blues. Benny Benassi: Fri., June 18. Stereo Live. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Fri., June...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 11, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Eight Memorable Frank Frazetta Album Covers

    No man has ever been more able to make pure bad-assery out of ink and canvas than Frank Frazetta. In fact, Rocks Off's initial attraction to his wife owes much to his obsession with Frazetta's pale, almond-eyed, raven-haired heroine in his painting "...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on May 10, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    Ben Folds, Still Fighting His "Piano Man" Side

    ? For more pictures from Ben and Kate, see our slideshow here. It's been awhile since Aftermath came out of a show so ambivalent, so very "eh" that we almost feel bad about even attempting to review it. It didn't offend us in any way, nor did it...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 10, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
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    Little Joe Washington Is A National Treasure

    ? For more pictures from Saturday night, see our slideshow here. Aftermath is still trying to get our heads around what we witnessed at Saturday night's benefit for the International House of Blues Foundation in House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Ro...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 10, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
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    Shelby Lynne, Unlikely Honky-Tonk Heroine

    ? Until the advent of the Internet and blogs and all that, Lonesome Onry and Mean seldom had the time/space to go back and rethink what we'd written, to tweak it more into what we came to think than what we initially thought or add new revelations...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on May 10, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Bun B Counts His Money; Kenny Chesney Chopped And Screwed

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. ? "Get Well Soon, Bun" Single of the Week: "Countin' Money," Bu...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 10, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Ludacris And Monica A-Town Stomp Arena Theatre

    ? 8:22 p.m.: Ah, yes, the rap concert double-decker of safety: Walking through a metal detector and then getting a very handsy full-body pat-down. How is it that this actually makes you feel less safe than if there were no precautions at all? 8:...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on May 10, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga (Again!) Headed Our Way

    After paying tribute to influences such as Ella Fitzgerald and the just-passed Lena Horne (R.I.P.) on 2006's retro-swing Back to Basics, Aguilera makes a hard right into Madonna electro/dance territory on Bionic, set to come out next month. Fans who ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 10, 2010 @ 9:30 am
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    Treme: We're Your Neighbors

    The opening scene was one of the most fanciful of any Simon production, but the departure from reality worked: Ladonna dreamed she found David and visited him in a prison cell, only to see he was rooming with the killer who'd swapped ID bracelets wit...

    @ Rocks Off by Daniel Carlson on May 10, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    New York Times Travel FAIL: Houston Has Music Too

    ? It's Friday afternoon in our sleepy little Southern megalopolis, and just about the time Rocks Off was wondering if we'll actually be able to go home at a decent hour, what to our wandering eyes should appear but a link to a story scheduled to be p...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 7, 2010 @ 6:45 pm
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    FAIL: The Temptations, Roger Waters, Fred Schneider

    If you're reading this, you're either on the Internet, or else you've mastered multi-dimensional thought-projection processes that would make Michio Kaku cry like a little girl. We'll assume the former, and just in case you don't already know, the In...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on May 7, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
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    Don't Start A Band... Actually, Go Right Ahead

    Where There Is Sound, It Is Good at AvantGarden ? Rocks Off hasn't been too good about updating our Don't Start A Band blog. But we have an excuse: Houston musicians, at least the ones we've talked to, are surprisingly positive. It actually mad...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on May 7, 2010 @ 4:15 pm
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    Bun B Hurt At Gumball 3000 Rally Concert

    ? Bun B jumps onstage at Houston-area hip-hop concerts so often that the idea of the II Trill rapper getting hurt under the lights is almost inconceivable. But apparently that's what has happened. Allhiphop.com is reporting that Bun, whose presence...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on May 7, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Coming At 4:20: Free Cypress Hill Tickets!

    As with our Dead Weather giveaway last week, we will ask you three questions about certain things from the blog. Think of it as your weekly Rocks Off pop quiz, but instead of a piece of candy or participation grade, you can get a really wicked contac...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on May 7, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Faith And The Muse Headline Goth Show Of The Year

    ? The night that is shaping up to be THE Goth event of the year is Saturday at Numbers, when Faith and the Muse and Voltaire take the stage. Formed in 1993 in the Washington D.C. area, Faith and the Muse is a gothic mainstay. Previously, vocalis...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on May 7, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Freak Flags Fly At Art Car Ball

    The best thing about Art Car Weekend is it's the one weekend in Houston where everybody can let their freak flag fly. Last night at the Art Car Ball, Rocks Off saw a woman wearing nothing but Koosh Balls on her tatas and a dude who was way more excit...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on May 7, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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